Not attending NAB for 2011

We had wanted to be at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas April 11-14, but prior commitments and scheduling conflicts prevent our attendance.

We will be keeping an eye on the press releases and announcements surrounding the show, hoping to hear some news on HD cameras and a rumored update to Final Cut Studio.

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CES 2011 – Day 2

More walking, more booths.  This was Day 2 at CES.

Panasonic was my first stop to see their video cameras.  After navigating through a sea of 3D TVs and 3D cameras, I found something that caught my eye.

Full HD video recording in a handheld device. But I wanted to see something in the professional line, specifically the AG-AF100. Alas, it wasn’t there.

But Canon did have their full line of professional cameras on display. And the XA10 caught more than just a glance.

Like the intro to the professional line, it comes in at under $2,000 and offers XLR mic plugs and a bevy of recording options.

I took other photos and videos that I will compile over on Banal Leakage for a summary post of the show.

CES 2011 – Day 1

My thoughts on the first day of CES 2011.

Tablets were everywhere.  From the major companies like Samsung to the throngs of “me too” gadget companies.  Almost all of them run some version and form of Android, which has developed into a stable and thriving competitor to Apple’s dominance.

Blackberry Playbook

But one standout was Blackberry with their Playbook.  I didn’t get much time with it as there was a line to get into just to see it.  But I was patient and it was very well done for a product that still has a while before it ships.  Responsive, great screen and easy to use.  The downside? No details on how to sync any non-Blackberry data to it.  I’m sure they will find a way to work that out.  They have to for it to be successful with the non Blackberry users, IMO.

Since this was my first time back on the CES floor in 10 years, I wanted to break in my sea legs by wandering the halls and getting to see the many booths that were hacking their wares.  Form and style stayed the same.  Just the products on display were different.

Day 2 is now and I’ll be reporting later on some cameras and other products that caught my interest.

Going to CES 2011 in Las Vegas

CES 2011

For the first time in 10 years, I will be going to CES in Las Vegas.  I first attended CES in 1992 during one of my publishing business ventures.  I last attended CES in 2001 and have missed being a part of the industry.  Now for 2011, I will be back on the show floor and scouring the latest and greatest of technology.

My main focus is video – cameras, lighting, production tools and opportunities.  I will be posting daily reports from the show on this site, as well as a recap of cool products – both video and otherwise – over on my personal blog, Banal Leakage.